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Welsh producer Ancre Hill Vineyard with Richard and Joy Morris

This show was published 31 May 2013

Overview

Ancre Hill Vineyard is located in Monmouth in Wales, right on the border with England. Richard and Joy talk to us about how they began planting vines in 2006 and how this year they will start to produce their own wine in the winery they are building. The initial vines were mostly Seyval Blanc with some Triomphe but more recently they have focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for sparkling. Richard studied viticulture at Plumpton College and it was then he realised they had a good potential site on their own doorstep - the land surrounding their home! He analysed the soil and found the site and climate were particularly well suited to growing grapes. They won the Bollicine del Mondo award for best sparkling white wine in 2012 but have since pulled out the Seyval Blanc vines used in this wine and are planting more Chardonnay for the fizz and for their still white are experimenting with the Spanish variety Albarino - a grape never previously planted in the UK!

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